September 6, 2017

Advancing
Integrative Health

INTEGRATIVE HEALTH AND MEDICINE
ACROSS THE U.S.

 

With the opioid epidemic depleting state treasuries, even conventional medical authorities are calling for treating chronic pain with non-drug options.  Acupuncture for instance.

The map is part of our briefing on the Status of Integrative Health in America, (presented to CMS and to AARP this year). Read more here.


WHOLE HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS EMERGE

The US Military and VA have learned a lot since injured soldiers started returning from the Gulf Wars in 2003.  Integrative approaches for PTSD among them.  After five years of preparation, in the fall of 2017 the VHA plans to roll out the transformational model of care you see in the sphere above.

Whole Health
Learning in K-12

NEW VOCAB HEARD ON K-12 CAMPUSES

“Get up and move around.”

“Did you work out before the test?”

“Let’s just breathe for a few minutes.”

“Be careful chopping that kale!”

“How big are the creek frogs this year?”


HERE’S THE PROBLEM

Can school gardens, mindfulness classes in 3rd grade, learning about the food system, nutrition, nature learning and exercising before tests increase the blue slice of those dismal circles above?

Maybe.  Have to integrate them into the curriculum.  Convince the administration and faculty. What else?

Track and contribute to the What Else with us.


 

What’s the connection?
Advancing the qualities of a new integrative healing approach, technique, or method may appear to be far removed from giving kids time in the school garden, a few minutes of movement or mindfulness, or preparing meals for a senior center down the road.

But not by much.

For health and wellness professionals and increasingly physicians who are schooled in and apply whole person healthcare every day, a path of whole-health learning will look a lot like the self-care they are counseling adults to adopt to improve their own health; except without the decades of lifestyle choices that the adults have to unwind.